Revised figures make better reading on affordable homes in Vale of Glamorgan

MORE than 22 per cent of new housing built in the Vale of Glamorgan during 2011/12 was affordable.
This figure corrects that published in a recent Welsh Government report that put the level of new affordable homes in the Vale at three per cent, the lowest in Wales.
There were concerns about the figure and council officials analysed the data submitted to the Local Government Data Unit. This revealed that the returns failed to take into account sites that were developed and completed during the year to provide affordable housing.
Rob Thomas, director of development services at the Vale council, said: "The correct data shows that 22.6 per cent of all new housing provided in the Vale of Glamorgan during 2011/12 was affordable.  This is in clear contrast to the three per cent reported in the recent 'Local Government Performance' report from the Local Government Data Unit. The actual figures show a total of 40 affordable units provided out of a total of 177 units.
"This revised figure has been submitted to Welsh Government, so that the records can be amended accordingly and more stringent checks have now been put in place prior to submitting returns in this important area."

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